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Photos: Andrade, Vargas, Hooker, Roman Join Hearn, DAZN

Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight title defense against Alexander Povetkin will be aired on the streaming platform DAZN on Sept. 22 as part of the U.S. debut of the service, promoters announced Tuesday. (photos by Ed Mulholland).

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The fight will be the first of a promised 70 live events on the service over the next year that will be available at a charge of $9.99 a month. The shows will feature both fights and Bellator MMA fights, said James Rushton, the CEO of DAZN.

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“We’re going to provide pay-per-view quality shows without the pain of pay-per-view,” Rushton said. “It’s all going to be part of an affordable monthly fee.”

Joshua and Povetkin joined executives of the streaming company and Eddie Hearn, managing director of Matchroom Sport, to announce the debut telecast. Matchroom, which promotes Joshua, will provide fighters for the cards the company will stream.

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“Everything we do is new and great, so it was only right we’d be part of this,” Joshua said.

In recent years most big boxing matches have been televised in the U.S. either by the premium cable networks Showtime and HBO or sold on pay-per-view through one of the two networks. ESPN signed a deal with promoter Top Rank last year to air many of those fights, and has launched a streaming service of its own to show fights and other events at $4.99 a month.

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Hearn said the fight card between Joshua and Povetkin at Wembley Stadium in London will be followed by an Oct. 6 card from Chicago featuring Jesse Vargas and women’s fighter Katie Taylor, and an Oct. 20 card in Los Angeles headlined by super bantamweight champion Daniel Roman.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by frosty-g on 07-18-2018

[QUOTE=LADIV;18947112]its suppose to be THE ZONE I guess their abbreviation in the uk[/QUOTE] Thanks. It sounds so so stupid though. Which illiterate thought that one up, Donald Trump? Next this website will become BNGSCE...

Comment by True That on 07-18-2018

I'll be subscribing in September when it's available in the U.S. right before the Joshua-Povetkin fight. I don't mind paying $9.99 a month.

Comment by _Rexy_ on 07-18-2018

[QUOTE=GBP4LIFE;18947334]Not one gake changing signing.. Hearn “stole” Vargas whom has proven himself to amongst the most disloyal short sighted in the sport Vargas has now been signed to Mayweather, Top Rank, then to Uncle Al, now to Hearn lol so…

Comment by _Rexy_ on 07-18-2018

pretty awful lineup they have. I'll be buying for wbss season 2, but that's it.

Comment by deanrw on 07-18-2018

I could not believe what I saw today. At first I was skeptical, but when I watched that launch event I was blown away. Demetrius Andrade, Jessie Vargas, Katie Taylor and Jake Paul all for the amazing low price of…

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